酒字最早写为“酉”字，是一种盛酒器皿的象形，后来在酒器旁边加了三点水，表示溢出杯外的美酒。 The character for wine had "酉" as its earliest form, looking like a container for wine. Later, "three drops of water" were added to the side of the container to mean the wine spilt out of the glass.
Lesson 22 At the Clothes Store
Do you know how to say “get a discount” in Chinese? Let’s find out in today’s lesson.
Twelve Zodiac Signs 十二生肖（shí èr shēng xiāo）
The Chinese zodiac, or sheng xiao, is composed of 12 animals, each of which symbolizes a lunar year. Ben ming nian means the year of the animal in which one is born. It is a traditional way to calculate one's age. Sheng xiao is also the source of many traditional customs and newer trends, and the animals are popular images that are seen everywhere.
Chinese Idiom：天衣无缝 (tiān yī wú fèng)
跟我学汉字：美( měi )
从字形上看，美的上半部分是羊，下半部分是大。中国古人在吃羊肉的时候，认为羊越大越好吃，所以用“美”表示美味。也有人认为高大肥硕的羊形体较美，所以用“美”表示形态美。 "美" in the carapace bone script is like a person with the sheep shaped headwear, indicating good looking. Some people say the upper part of "美" is "羊" (sheep) and the lower part is "大" (big); because Chinese ancient people thought that the bigger the sheep was, the more delicious it would be. "美" was used to indicate the delicious flavor. Still other people believe that a fat and big sheep was good for looking and thus "美" also refers to a beautiful figure.
Lesson 21 Shopping by Phone
Do you know how to say “pay on delivery” in Chinese? Let’s find out in today’s lesson.
Happy Birthday 生日快乐（shēng rì kuài lè）
A Chinese birthday party includes a birthday cake and longevity noodles. Family members and friends give lots of good wishes.